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1:25 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon iPhone launch looks set for February 3rd  —  BGR has confirmed with a source close to Apple that the company has blacked out employee vacation requests between February 3rd and February 6th — Thursday through Sunday.  The four-day vacation freeze has been confirmed to be in effect in several regions in the United States.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Without Proper Code Validation, Mac App Store Downloads Are Easily Bootlegged  —  Copy the App Store receipt from any legit Mac App Store download — including from any free app — and paste it into a bootleg download of Angry Birds, and it'll run.  —  This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac App Store Cracked Open for Piracy  —  The Mac App Store's security has been cracked.  This means that, by installing a software called Kickback, you will be able to pirate any applications in the store.  However, the crack will not be available until February 2011, according to Dissident:
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation Phone gets in-depth preview in China, PlayStation Pocket app in tow  —  Well, that was quick.  It was just two days ago when the elusive PlayStation Phone popped up on a Hong Kong forum, and now it's back again in full exposure thanks to Chinese website IT168.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Uniformity vs. Individuality in Mac UI Design  —  The new Twitter for Mac is somewhat polarizing, what with its almost entirely custom UI.  I used to have a fervor for uniform consistency in Mac UI design.  A perusal through the early DF archives will show that.  But the HIG is dead.  It died long ago.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Facebook Versus Google Circa 2004  —  Is Facebook worth $50 billion?  As people ponder that question this week, we decided to look at Google, the Internet's previous wunderkind.  —  Google's market cap passed the $50 billion mark in October 2004.  The company was exactly six years old …
Discussion: Deal Journal
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook, Goldman Sachs & How Money Seeks Regulatory Free Zones
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Will Go Public or Disclose Financials by April 2012
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Drawings of next-generation iPhone from Foxconn?  —  Apple.Pro posts some images claiming to be drawings of the next-generation iPhone.  The drawings are said to originate at a Foxconn iPhone manufacturing plant and it is unknown whether these represent a Verizon iPhone 4 or the fifth-generation iPhone.
Discussion: App Advice and iThinkDifferent
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Do People Really Want Apps on TVs?  —  TVs stuffed with apps that bring popular Web services to larger screens are crowding the floors of the Consumer Electronics Show this week.  —  But do people really want their TVs to act like already app-ified computers or mobile phones?
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Dell Streak 7: The First 4G Tablet Is a Pocket Pit Bull  —  The 7-inch version of Dell's Streak tablet has been rumored and teased for months, but today it's officially official!  And what it lacks in size it makes up for in sweet, speedy 4G goodness.  —  The Streak 7 weighs less than a pound …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: First Half of Groupon Funding Done-DST, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Capital Group and Morgan Stanley  —  Groupon has raised half of a $950 million funding, getting $475 million from a range of top-drawer investors, said sources close to the situation.
Discussion: Soshable
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
CES: Intel exec: Microsoft's tablet OS too long in coming  —  LAS VEGAS—Intel has urged Microsoft to tailor Windows for smaller devices, to no avail, an executive from the chipmaker said at the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  “Hey, we tried to get [Microsoft] to do a tablet OS (operating system) for a long time.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Inquirer
Mickey Boodaei / Trusteer blogs:
Mobile Users Three Times More Vulnerable to Phishing Attacks  —  We recently gained access to the log files of several web servers that were hosting phishing websites.  Analyzing these log files was an interesting exercise.  Specifically, they provided visibility into how many users accessed the websites …
Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
What happened in the recent Hotmail outage  —  On December 31, 2010, a number of our users reported their email messages and folders were missing from their Hotmail accounts.  I want to take a little time to explain what happened, and what steps we've taken to fix this problem and prevent it from happening in the future.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Goes After The Parody @CeoSteveJobs Twitter Account  —  Days after California passed a bill criminalizing certain online impersonations, the person behind the @ceoSteveJobs Twitter account tells us that someone from Apple has complained to Twitter about the @ceoSteveJobs Twitter account.
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Apple COO Makes $59 Million After Filling in for Jobs  —  Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook received total compensation of $59.1 million in fiscal 2010 because of bonuses for running day-to-day operations during Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs's medical leave.
Wall Street Journal:
Gadget Makers Follow Facebook's Lead  —  Compatibility of Cameras, Games, E-Books Grows Along With Social Network's Role in Consumers' Lives  —  LAS VEGAS—Investors are hardly the only ones friending Facebook Inc. these days.  —  Gadget makers increasingly are adding Facebook to their products …
Discussion: All Facebook
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Ford introduces MyFord Mobile app for smartphones  —  Sadly Ford isn't confirming the Focus Electric that it saw fit to tease earlier this week, but we can now tell you all about the new smartphone app that will let you monitor the charging of... certain Ford vehicles.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Quora Survive Its Growing Popularity?  —  If you're a web service, especially a young startup, you want to get as many users as possible, right?  But there are worse things than having a small number of users — particularly when the service you are offering depends on the quality of the content provided by those users.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Dan Morrill: No hard processor requirement for Android 3.0  —  If you're not rocking a dual-core Android tablet, you can breath a sigh of relief.  Earlier this week, the Internet was aflutter with rumors that Google's tablet-optimized, Android-build — Honeycomb (Android 3.0) — would require, at minimum, a dual-core processor.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Times of India:
RIM seeks two years to address security concerns
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Xbox Passes Apple Among Young Consumers
Discussion: CNBC
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Gartner raises IT spending forecast for 2011
Discussion: Gartner and NewEnterprise
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Show's over: how Hollywood strong-ARMed Intel and the CE biz
Discussion: PC World and Guardian
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More on Microsoft ‘Jupiter’ and what it means for Windows 8
Discussion: eWeek, Neowin.net and The Next Web
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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